Sahaara Charitable Society

In November 1994, a group of concerned citizens gathered together and decided to bring about change among the most underprivileged people of Mumbai city where very few people want to go. The group also realized that each one of the underprivileged people also have a dream and that it would be a great privilege to work along with the underprivileged to help them articulate their dream and then equip them to see the fulfillment of their dream. With the above vision in mind, Sahaara Charitable Society was registered as a non-governmental organization in 1994 with a vision of "Gifting Dreams". Vision & Mission Everyone has a dream! The poor and underp...
Apr 11, 2014

51 children mainstreamed back into formal schools!

Sahaara believes that every person has a dream, and our work centers around ensuring that marginalized persons are able to articulate and work towards achieving their dream. Children in juvenile homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai. The tracking program of children discharged from juvenile homes help children get a start which will help them break out of the poverty cycle and fulfill their dreams of a stable future.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The trackers then traverse through labyrinthine gullies of Mumbai slums searching for the children’s residences. Through such home visits, networking with local schools, facilitating assistance in books and materials, the child is facilitated entry into formal education paving the way to a bright future.

Rahila is one such girl who has regained her right to education by the interventions carried out by Sahaara's tracking personnel.

16-year-old Rahila comes from a Muslim family in Mumbai, where she is the youngest among her four sisters and has one brother. When Rahila was 10-year-old, her parents died in a tragic accident. Her elder sister, who was married, took responsibility for all her siblings and brought them to her home. She admitted them in the local school so that they could continue education.

In September 2012, Rahila was 15 years old and studying in Grade 6. When a boy in her locality expressed his affections for her, she was attracted to him. As their relationship grew stronger, the boy convinced Rahila to steal some valuables and cash from her sister’s home and elope with him.  In her immaturity, she agreed and they both fled to live at the boy’s relative’s house at Trombay in Mumbai. When her elder sister realised that Rahila is missing, she filed a missing complaint at the local police station. Later, Rahila was found with the boy at Trombay. They were confronted and brought to the police station. Rahila was sent to the Umerkhadi Observation Home and the boy was charged with kidnapping and sent to prison. Rahila’s sister and other siblings were very disturbed due to this incident.

The Sahaara staff met Rahila at the Umerkhadi Observation Home. She was counselled and helped to understand that she has a bright future ahead of her if she uses her potential, and focuses her attention towards her studies. When she realised her error, she was helped to be released so that she can continue education. Our staff also counselled Rahila’s family and encouraged them to allow her to continue schooling. Once they were willing, our staff helped her get admission back in her school.

A year later, in December 2013, the police arrested Rahila once again and presented her before the Juvenile Court in same case of theft, as she was first offender while stealing her sister’s valuables and cash. As Rahila’s elder sister sought our help to get her released, the Sahaara staff arranged a free lawyer and helped Rahila to get acquittal from her charges.

Now, Rahila continues her education through correspondence and attends a Beautician’s course at a nearby parlour.

Your generous donations have enabled Sahaara to provide what is necessary for Rahila to continue her education and have an opportunity to dream of a better tomorrow! 

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Jan 28, 2014

34 POOR CHILDREN COMPLETE THEIR COMPUTER COURSE!

Sahaara believes that every person has a dream, and our work centers around ensuring that marginalized persons are able to articulate and work towards achieving their dream. Children living in Mumbai juvenile homes are one of the most marginalized children in Mumbai. Institutionalized, these children are most often from highly poverty stricken families. 

As a part of the holistic intervention therein, Sahaara imparts computer education to the children between fourteen to eighteen years of age in the juvenile homes. Sahaara’s in-house computer course delivers a fitting foundation to the children preparing their skills for the technology-driven world outside the homes. The children attending the computer training get a start which will help them break out of the poverty cycle and fulfill their dreams of a stable future.

Sambhaji* completes his Computer Literacy Course!

Sambhaji, a student of Grade 7, is 13-year-old boy who staying in David Sassoon Industrial School (DSIS) since the last one year. He used to stay with his family at Ulhas Nagar before coming in DSIS. Sambhaji has two siblings. After his father died around 12 years ago, his mother couldn’t look after her children and due to financial constraints, she admitted Sambhaji is DSIS.

Initially Sambhaji did not like to stay in DSIS. But after some time, he got friends and adapted himself to the Home. One day he came to know that there is a Sahaara computer class in DSIS and he asked the Sahaara staff to teach him how to use a computer. When asked why he wanted to learn computers he said  “ I saw some people working on the computer in the children’s court in the home at Ulhasnagar where I was before I came to DSIS and after that I desired to learn computers and work in a computer related field”. On seeing his eagerness to learn computers, the Sahaara staff enrolled Sambhaji into the computer literacy program in June 2013. He was regular to the computer class and his overall progress in learning the computer basics such as MS Word and Paint has been good. He has completed his course in December 2013.

Sambhaji desires to get a job, which is computer related as soon as he finishes his education and is discharged from the Home. He thanks Sahaara for helping him learn to use a computer.

*Name changed to protect identity. 

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Jan 13, 2014

32 children mainstreamed back into formal schools!

Sahaara believes that every person has a dream, and our work centers around ensuring that marginalized persons are able to articulate and work towards achieving their dream. Children in juvenile homes are one of the most marginalized populations in Mumbai. The tracking program of children discharged from juvenile homes help children get a start which will help them break out of the poverty cycle and fulfill their dreams of a stable future.

Sahaara staff procures addresses of discharged children from the home authorities. The trackers then traverse through labyrinthine gullies of Mumbai slums searching for the children’s residences. Through such home visits, networking with local schools, facilitating assistance in books and materials, the child is facilitated entry into formal education paving the way to a bright future.

Niraj is one such boy who has regained his right to education by the interventions carried out by Sahaara's tracking personnel.

16-year-old Niraj lives in the suburbs of Mumbai  with his parents. His father drives an auto rickshaw for his living and his mother is a housewife. Niraj discontinued his studies when he was in the Grade 9. Due to peer pressure and bad company, Niraj got addicted to drugs and used to be involved in small thefts with his friends which led to his arrest. He was sent to the Umerkhadi Observation Home.

Sahaara staff met Niraj on one of their regular visits to the Home and realised that he is missing out on education. Niraj’s father had disowned him due to his bad habits. Our staff met his parents and spoke to them concerning Niraj’s education and future. They were willing to accept Niraj back. Our staff started counselling Niraj and completed all the formalities to ensure that he was released from the Home. Sahaara is now helping Niraj with admission in a good school so that he can continue his studies.

Through the counsel and guidance of the Sahaara staff, who is continually putting efforts, Niraj is now looking forward to join school in the coming academic year and his desire is to have a good job and a secure life. 

Your generous donations have enabled Sahaara to provide what is necessary for Niraj to continue his education and have an opportunity to dream of a better tomorrow!

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